Bay Street at Spring Street (2021). Photo: David Thompson, PMHPS Collection.
Bay Street has always been both a route and a destination. Vehicles now, as then, travel north and south, but in 1840 it was no more than a dusty track leading to Melbourne.
Port Melbourne Town Hall (1883). City of Port Phillip Collection.
By 1900 it was a broad thoroughfare lined…
by David Radcliffe
On Saturday evening, 7th February 1903 a series of robberies took place in Esplanade East followed by a high speed chase down Spring Street East culminating in a dangerous collision with a cable drawn tram in Bay Street opposite the Town Hall. The unfolding drama was captured by an unnamed staff reporter at the Argus under the headline An Exciting…
Cambridge Street (highlighted). MMBW Map, 1894
Passers-by today would find it difficult to identify the street highlighted in the above 1894 MMBW map. That's because it doesn't exist, although that is not strictly true. Part of the street is still there but it no longer intersects with Farrell Street.
This is Cambridge Street. The origins of the name are unknown, but…
Sir George Cuscaden by Walter Stoneman, bromide print, 1923. Used with permission from National Portrait Gallery, London under the Creative Commons Licence.
George Cuscaden was born in Wexford, Ireland, the third son of William H Cuscaden, on 31 December 1857.
He studied at Dublin University, Edinburgh University and in London attaining medical qualifications which led him to a position as ship's surgeon with…